Mind the Gap (/Between the Train and the Platform) is Leve’s newsletter. Here you will find articles about issues that concern us, in our day-to-day work and life in general.
Francesc Pla has been the P of BOPBAA for more than twenty years, a partner in an architecture studio with a wide array of projects, with different scopes and formats. Eva Serrats has worked in fields such as photography, film, events, cultural projects, teaching and activism. From these parallel journeys, we have kept our interest in a wide variety of formats and topics.
For some years now, we’ve come together in a common project at Manel 5, a studio located in La Floresta, on the square right next to the railway station that connects Barcelona with the Vallès area. A place of centrality within the periphery, a neighbourhood where the flat plain meets the mountains, where the urban world meets Collserola Natural Park.
The projects we work on have a variety of themes, motivations and formats: accommodation for the homeless, food sustainability, luxury, types of housing, infrastructures within the landscape, territory… in architecture projects, urban planning, cultural events, etc. A significant part of our daily work is as general practitioners of architecture, serving the neighbourhood and being involved in defining neighbourhood improvement projects.
Leve was born as an audiovisual production company and nowadays retains its production structure, organised by projects, often working on co-productions and in collaboration with other technical and creative teams.
“Mind the gap” is an audible warning that can be heard over and over on the train carriage loudspeakers every time the doors open.